'Who would send a madman to solve a murder?'

The Bowman Of The Yard series is a sequence of Victorian crime fiction novels and short stories following 

Detective Inspector George Bowman of Scotland Yard throughout the year of 1892.


Richard James takes the reader right to the heart of Victorian London, introducing them to a range of fascinating characters through his flawed hero, Inspector George Bowman of Scotland Yard. Bringing the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian England to life, the Bowman Of The Yard series is a thrilling and often explosive journey through a troubled man's year...

'A genuinely impressive debut. Richard James has crafted an engrossing mystery with a great sense of atmosphere, and meticulously researched.' Andrew Cartmel, The Vinyl Detective

'A stunning debut. Wonderfully atmospheric, full of the thrills of Victorian London.' Adam Croft

'A masterful new Victorian mystery series.' Rosie Amber Books

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Book 1: The Head In The Ice

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Book 2: The Devil In The Dock

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Book 3: The Body In The Trees

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Book 4: The Phantom In The Fog


Inspector Bowman's Casebook is a series of short stories designed to fill the gaps between the novels whilst not being dependent upon them - you can dive in anywhere! They are all available FOR FREE to subscribers!

'Richard James has chosen a period he clearly has great affection for as a setting. He revels in the details and in sharing what his characters see and feel around them. It’s a time long-gone now, but in the hands of the author, as vibrant and full of life as it must surely once have been.' Desmond Bagley Online

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You can sign up to my newsletter below to receive them for free as single eBooks, or they are available to buy as a paperback and eBook collection.

City Of Death includes the first four short stories from Inspector Bowman's casebook; The Smithfield Murder, The Hackney Poisoning, The Hampstead Garrotting and The Holborn Strangler. They take place between and around the first two novels in the Bowman Of The Yard series, The Head In The Ice and The Devil In The Dock.

A second volume, City Of Fear, will be released just as soon as the next four short stories are completed and released! Click the picture to find out more about the paperback and eBook edition, or take a look below for details on each short story.

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1: The Smithfield Murder

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2: The Hackney Poisoning


3: The Hampstead Garrotting


4: The Holborn Strangler


5: The Camden Kidnappings

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6: The Chiswick Robbery

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7: The Stepney 



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